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Canadian senator praises ‘expression of spirituality’ in Shen Yun

Posted by Author on May 9, 2010

TORONTO— After seeing Shen Yun Performing Arts at Canon Theatre on Sunday afternoon, Conservative Senator Consiglio Di Nino said the spirituality and values portrayed in the show are something the world needs more of.

“It’s beautiful. There was a lot of great dancing, a lot of singing, very colourful—the colours are just so beautiful,” he said.

New York-based Shen Yun seeks to revive the spiritual essence and traditions of ancient China through classical Chinese dance and music.

“I think the expression of spirituality is also of some value,” the senator said.

“Obviously the Falun Gong people don’t have many opportunities to let the world know that their fundamental freedom of religion, of practising their spirituality, is denied to them, so this is one of the ways they’re doing it. Good for [them].”

Of the 20 pieces in the show’s 2010 program, there are dances representing the folk traditions of China’s diverse ethnicities, tales of heroic legends, legends from China’s divinely inspired history, and two dances that deal with the persecution of Falun Gong under China’s authoritarian regime.

A spiritual discipline rooted in ancient Chinese tradition, Falun Gong, also called Falun Dafa, was outlawed by the regime in 1999. A campaign of persecution has been waged against its adherents ever since.

Senator Consiglio was critical of the Chinese regime “who demonize anyone who doesn’t agree with them.”

“It seems to me that they demonize anyone that they perceive to be a threat, whether it’s the Falun Gong practitioners, whether it’s the Tibetans or the Uighurs, or any organized religion,” he said.

“I think the Chinese people fundamentally are very good people who practise good values. The fear I have is that with the government’s repression of these issues, it may not improve the values or those principles that I think are very important. But I think the Chinese people will eventually solve the problem because fundamentally, they are very good people.”

He added that he believes the worldwide economic crisis “is related to just abandoning values and principles of spirituality.”

“A lot of it has to do with not practising some of the basic fundamental values that I think are important in life, so we have to be cognizant that what we do we should do for all of us instead of just for me.

“I think [the show] does give that message.”

The Epochtimes

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